Friday, January 22, 2010

32.Google, National Geographic and James Fallows/Atlantic Monthly on Esperanto



Dec 15, 2009 LL Zamenhof's 150th Birthday
- Founder of Esperanto -
As a consequence of Google's memorial logo for Esperanto MILLIONS OF PEOPLE BROWSED ARTICLES ON ESPERANTO after clicking on the logo. Here is NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC'S RECENT ARTICLE ON ESPERANTO:
L.L. Zamenhof: Who He Was, Why He's on Google Dec 15, 2009 ... No, Google hasn't been taken over by a foreign country. The green-and-white flag over the Google logo today is the banner of the artificial ...
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2009/12/091215-ll-zamenhof-google-doodle-esperanto-150th-birthday.html

For a comparison of the Esperanto Doodle and others in 2009: http://www.google.com/logos/logos09-4.html


James Fallows is the most prominent American born journalist to write extensively on Esperanto and to write about it several times. To his credit he was speech-writer for President Jimmy Carter and Editor-in-chief of US News and World Report. During the Olympic Games in China he was the most sought after American-born journalist who lived several years in both China and Japan.

http://jamesfallows.theatlantic.com/archives/2009/12/esperabto.php
James also discusses Esperanto at the English language site on China:
http://www.thebeijinger.com/blog/2008/05/27/James-Fallows-at-the-Bookworm-tonight

And from a lesser known blog:
Thanks to The Son, who asked me to log in to Google.com today. And it turns out that today is the 150th birthday of L. L. Zamenhof, the man who created Esperanto—still the best bet for a stable, neutral, second language to serve as an interlanguage. But the world would rather spend billions up billions hiring simultaneous translators, wiring up all those headphones, paying translators and printing the same document 5 times in 5 different evolved languages. I don’t understand people, sometimes. Well, mostly.

The Google Search Engine with Esperanto interface is

In February 2012 Google Translate offered Esperanto as its 64th language.

5 comments:

Elinjo said...

Jen bonega reklamilo por nia lingvo.

neil.nachum said...

Dankon/thanks. Nijl

Allan Fineberg said...

Jes ja, tre interesa artikolo. Dankon, nijl!

Espereble mi vidos vin che la Kongreso en Vashingtono.

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stulta said...

You wrote me about this blog posting back in May 2010, but I didn't get around to responding until over a year later. Sorry for the neglect.

You might wonder why the Ker Than article quotes nobody except me. As I understand it, the author had a day to finish it, and nobody else on his list of contacts returned his phone calls.

We keep hearing that good causes like Esperanto have to battle for publicity. Here, publicity sought ready-to-use quotations (no time to do research) and almost failed to find any sources.

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